i am a 27 year old male,who has suffered from bipolar 2 for approx 15 yrs. both my mother and father both sufferd from bipolar,so i guess they passed it on to me. i have been on many meds over the years with without much success. the worst part of my illness is the depressive phase which normally lasts for over a year before i begin to pick up.
when i do pick up it only lasts for aproxx 3 to 4 months before i go hyper followed by depression,at the moment i take lithium which i have been on for the past 10 years,i also take venlafaxine and lamical.this combonation is having very little efect in keeping me stable.i have tried ect without success,and while i am writing this i am once again experincing the familar symptems of another relapse coming,but although i find it very difficult even hopeless at times,i do not give in to this illness.anybody else who is having a tough time hang in there,there are many meds which could help,life is difficult with this illness but you can with help have a good quality of life